Friday, October 19, 2018

Florida education news: Taxes, charter schools, superintendents and more

TAXES: Citing financial needs and an aging infrastructure, Hillsborough County superintendent Jeff Eakins says he is investigating the possibility of seeking a local tax referendum to bring in more revenue for schools.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: A Pasco County School Board member says he'll no longer meet privately with district administrators to discuss agenda items before meetings.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: An Escambia County charter school will close after classes end, unable to sustain its shrinking enrollment, WKRG reports. • The Sarasota County School Board rejects a new charter school application by Academica amid protests against the plan, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Outgoing Brevard County superintendent Desmond Blackburn rejects accusations that he looked to leave because of his role in creating Broward County's under-fire discipline program, Florida Today reports. The Brevard School Board says it plans to look internally for a new leader, Florida Today reports. • Manatee County School Board members say they expect superintendent Diana Greene to win the Duval County superintendent's post, the Bradenton Herald reports.

READING LESSONS: The Manatee school district partners with community organizations to help improve reading skills of elementary students and their parents, WWSB reports.

MATH LESSONS: A Volusia County elementary school emphasizes math through hallway murals and other approaches, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SECURITY: Surveyed Lake County high school students say reinforced and locked doors are their top priority for increasing campus safety, the Daily Commercial reports. • Sarasota County Republicans discuss their views on school security, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HONORED: Lake County's teacher of the year has her name placed on the Leesburg High media center, the Daily Commercial reports.

IN COURT: The Orange County school district files a new lawsuit alleging AT&T overcharged the district, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ROAD CLOSED: The Sarasota County School Board approves the temporary closure of a road that runs through the Sarasota High campus, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A Marion County high school agriculture teacher is placed on leave after students reported he was drowning raccoons during school hours, WCJB reports. More from Gainesville Sun.

TODAY: Florida Board of Education, 9 a.m., Pinellas County School Board Office, Largo

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Student who mangled fingers with school table saw sues Pinellas School Board

Student who mangled fingers with school table saw sues Pinellas School Board

A Northeast High School student who mangled his fingers using a table saw in class in 2016 is suing the Pinellas County School Board for negligence, asking for at least $15,000 in damages.According to a lawsuit filed Oct. 12, Brandon Jacob ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
State to designate Florida ‘Schools of Excellence’ for flexibility on some rules

State to designate Florida ‘Schools of Excellence’ for flexibility on some rules

Eighty-eight Florida schools will join 630 others in gaining relief from some state education laws as "Schools of Excellence."The recognition, developed by lawmakers in 2017 as part of HB 7069, grants principals greater autonomy in daily operations, ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Florida education news: Campus climate, contract talks, student discipline and more

Florida education news: Campus climate, contract talks, student discipline and more

CLIMATE SURVEY: Large majorities of Pinellas County teachers say they feel valued and safe at their schools. District officials plan to break down these and other survey results by school, and use the information to make any needed improvements....
Updated: 11 hours ago
New survey shows most school staff in Pinellas feel valued, safe

New survey shows most school staff in Pinellas feel valued, safe

Pinellas County schools recently wrapped up a new type of survey which asked school-level staff to evaluate aspects about their workplace.The results show about 70 percent of the 3,952 respondents agree that they feel valued by the adm...
Published: 10/18/18
Pasco school employees ask for 4.5 percent raises plus a bonus

Pasco school employees ask for 4.5 percent raises plus a bonus

Contending the school district has more money available than it has discussed, the United School Employees of Pasco requested 4.5 percent raises plus a nonrecurring bonus for all its support personnel during negotiations Wednesday.A similar requ...
Published: 10/18/18
Gradebook podcast: Are 11th and 12th grades a waste of time? A discussion on dual enrollment and early college

Gradebook podcast: Are 11th and 12th grades a waste of time? A discussion on dual enrollment and early college

As a Florida state lawmaker, John Legg often spoke about how the final two years of high school were becoming less important to students who had already passed many of their graduation requirements and could benefit from better preparation for colleg...
Published: 10/18/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, school threats, special education and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, school threats, special education and more

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County's school employees union prepares to make a salary request that exceeds what district officials have said is available. The sides have delayed negotiations two months while awaiting updated financial information. •...
Published: 10/18/18
Pasco school district gets strong credit ratings for upcoming issue

Pasco school district gets strong credit ratings for upcoming issue

In advance of selling $67.5 million in certificates of participation, the Pasco County school district sent several high level officials to New York to pitch for a good credit rating.The effort paid off, chief finance officer Olga Swinson told t...
Published: 10/17/18
Pasco County school employee contract talks turn to salaries

Pasco County school employee contract talks turn to salaries

After a two month break while awaiting updated financial data, negotiators for Pasco County school employees and the district administration return to bargaining this week, with plans to start talking pay.The United School Employees of Pasco intends ...
Published: 10/17/18
Florida education news: Turnarounds, rebuilding, funding and more

Florida education news: Turnarounds, rebuilding, funding and more

TURNAROUNDS: Hernando County's long struggling Moton Elementary School takes advantage of a state "Hope" grant to establish a family resource center for its students and parents. The goal is to help with issues outside school that impact academi...
Published: 10/17/18